The 11/14/13 Joy Jar

15 Nov

Most people, no matter their race, creed, religion, or national origin want to live in peace. They want their government to deliver basic services and protect them from aggression by outsiders. There are times of totalitarianism where the government becomes the enemy because the government lives by its own strange brand of truth. Dagmar Hovestädt of CNN reported in the article, Germany’s Stasi past looms over NSA spying furor:

It was the Stasi, the “shield and sword” of the Communist party, that was charged with ensuring the power of the party. And it did that mostly by monitoring of people and their behavior. Because even in a regime as repressive as East Germany, people wanted to express who they really were. Many found the courage to follow their hearts and thus became a danger to the existing power structure. That is why the Stasi became an all-encompassing entity in East Germany. It had to have its eyes and ears everywhere possible to make sure “enemies” of the party were uncovered early and disrupted in their activity. http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/29/opinion/nsa-germany-stasi-shadows/

Today, the U.S. President was trying to walk back campaign rhetoric concerning the healthcare law. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the truth wherever it can be found.

In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
George Orwell

We often want one thing and pray for another, not telling the truth even to the gods.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

One must be very particular about telling the truth. Through truth one can realize God.
Ramakrishna

In the last few years, the very idea of telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is dredged up only as a final resort when the alternative options of deception, threat and bribery have all been exhausted.
Michael Musto

There are two ways of lying. One, not telling the truth and the other, making up statistics.
Josefina Vazquez Mota

Telling the truth, and confronting the challenge, is what politics is about.
Johann Lamont

In the process of telling the truth about what you feel or what you see, each of us has to get in touch with himself or herself in a really deep, serious way.
June Jordan

The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it.
Dorothy L. Sayers

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”
William Faulkner

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”
Franz Kafka

“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.”
Spencer Johnson

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.”
Cicero

“In a room where
people unanimously maintain
a conspiracy of silence,
one word of truth
sounds like a pistol shot.”
Czesław Miłosz

“Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.”
James E. Faust

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“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But a half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor.”
Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“If an offense come out of the truth, better is it that the offense come than that the truth be concealed.”
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles

“The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. “One word of truth outweighs the world.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”
Mahatma Gandhi

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